Family Spaces and Services

Family Spaces and Services

We understand that a hospital stay can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming. Penn State Children’s Hospital’s offers a variety of amenities aimed at families to make your stay more convenient and comfortable.

Find a family space

If you have questions about family spaces or services, contact Patient Experience

717-531-4638

Family spaces

Family Resource Center

Children and adults alike can find something to do at the Family Resource Center. The room is equipped with:

  • Computers and a printer
  • Library where you can borrow books for your child’s room
  • Puzzles
  • Self-care and shower items
  • An interactive touchscreen monitor with information about dining, accommodations, activities, and frequently asked questions about the Children’s Hospital

Location: First floor of the Children’s Hospital

The Family Resource Center at Penn State Children’s Hospital
The Family Resource Center at Penn State Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of central PA, this room offers:

  • Kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave
  • Free snacks and coffee
  • Private rooms for consultations and parent education
  • Washer and dryer (detergent available)
  • Self-care and shower items
  • TV for family use
  • Movies, video games, and music

At night, this room provides sleeping accommodations for a limited number of guests. Learn how you can sleep in the Ronald McDonald Room or find other family accommodations in the hospital.

Location: Seventh floor of the main hospital, across the hall from the south elevators

Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Penn State Children’s Hospital
Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Penn State Children’s Hospital

Family lounges

Our family lounges give you a place to relax, take a break, and get a snack. Our lounges provide:

  • A kitchen with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator
  • Free coffee and snacks
  • Board games and crafts
  • Books and other reading materials

A washer and dryer with free detergent is located down the hall.

Location: Third and fourth floors of the Children’s Hospital, in between the patient units

Tree House Café

Smaller than the Rotunda Café, the Tree House Café offers food including brick-oven pizza and made-to-order deli sandwiches.

Location:

First floor of the Children’s Hospital

Hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Tree House Café is located on the first floor of the main hospital.
The Tree House Café is located on the first floor of the main hospital.

Fitness Center

Families of patients at the Children’s Hospital can enjoy free access to the state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The gym offers:

  • Walk-in classes, including yoga, cycling, and Zumba
  • Racquetball and squash courts
  • Personal training (fee-based)

Regular hours

  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Summer hours, from Memorial Day to Labor Day

  • Monday through Thursday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:

600 University Drive, HS 97
Hershey, PA 17033

A group yoga class at the Penn State University Fitness Center
A group yoga class at the Penn State University Fitness Center

Family services

We offer a number of services to help make your time at the Children’s Hospital more pleasant. These include:

  • Free parking: Parking is free and available to patients and visitors at the Medical Center’s main entrance. Download a campus map (PDF).
  • Free meal tray: Parents get one free meal tray per hospital stay from the cafeteria. Learn about other in-house dining options.
  • Splash Paks: Every patient room is stocked with free shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA.
  • Laundry: Washers and dryers with free detergent and dryer sheets are located on the third and fourth floors of the Children’s Hospital.